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Islamic State Hold on Eastern Syria Still Strong

Losing territory in northern Syria and north-west Iraq, and with assaults looming on the Islamic State’s city strongholds of Raqqa and Mosul, the terror group may be left next year with control just of the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor.  But defeating the jihadists there may prove even more difficult than overcoming them in Raqqa and Mosul, activists say. Islamic State (IS) has the backing of most local Arabs, according to some political activists, despite the jihadists’...

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